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circle-janineAfter spending a decade as a much-loved part of the Janesce/Bestow team, our Southland representative, Tania Hore, is bidding us farewell so she can devote her attention to caring for her own growing client base.

I have so much admiration for Tania’s Slow Beauty instincts and for her capacity to coach other beauty therapists. Her life-long passion for holistic skincare, inspired by her grandmother, has inspired many therapists to discover the fulfillment that comes from treating the skin gently and nourishing it from within. She has been a true asset to our team.

I personally resonate with Tania’s story, because it echoes elements of my own. It is my pleasure to share this farewell interview with Tania and to let you know what she is up to next.

~ Janine Tait

Tania, how are you feeling at this time of transition?

I will really miss my regular contact with all of the lovely Janesce/Bestow therapists that I have met in this role. It has been an amazing experience watching them begin to work with these products and the change in them as therapists as a result. It has been a very hard decision to let go. But it is time for me to devote more time to my own clinic in order to concentrate on my clients.

From early on in your career you had a natural instinct towards a holistic approach to skincare. Where did this come from?
My Nana had beautiful skin. She once said to me that the secret to healthy and youthful skin was to eat healthy foods and treat your skin as gently as you would a baby’s! 

During my childhood, we grew all of our own vegetables, used natural remedies and made everything from scratch. I even remember soaking rose petals to make a rose spay to put in the beautiful perfume mister my Nana gave me.

How did it feel when the industry began to move in the opposite direction and be more machine/quick fix focused?

Any treatment that didn’t protect the skin’s surface just didn’t sit well with me. It was against my natural instincts. I was without the tools to be the kind of therapist I wanted to be so I walked away from the industry in 1996 and ended up being out of it for a whole decade.


How did it feel to meet Janine Tait and discover in Janesce and Bestow, product ranges and philosophies that matched your own?

Janine becoming my mentor was the turning point in my career. Her input and her training gave me the confidence to stay strong in my beliefs and to be the kind of therapist I had always wanted to be.

Janesce is a game changer when it comes to skin. When I discovered it I didn’t know whether to shout it from the rooftops or try and keep it a secret! But, anyone who knew me at that time will tell you I could not stop talking about it.


After connecting with Janine I came on board as the Southland representative because I wanted other like-minded therapists to have the same opportunity I had to experience a better way of working. I think it is really important that we have choices within the beauty industry. An excellent knowledge of the skin and well-chosen products are very powerful tools.

How has your career been different since this turning point?

My career has become my passion. I get very excited about meeting new clients and watching their skin change with Janesce and Bestow. I feel great pleasure in seeing existing clients enjoy their Janesce glow and know that their skin is also supported from within with Bestow.

sb-pure-deep-trueWhat is your advice for new beauty therapists?

I am proud to be part of the Slow Beauty movement that Janine is championing in New Zealand. I believe this type of therapy will stand the test of time and I am keen to see those of us who hold these values pass them on to the next generation of beauty therapists.

You describe yourself as a ‘skin coach’. What is it about the ‘coach’ metaphor that resonates with you? 

I don’t believe you can give a therapist or client a product and just leave them to it. It’s like coaching a netball team – you provide the equipment needed and the court to play on but you still need to show them how to get the results. For their part, it requires practice and following the coach’s advice if they are to win.

circle-taniaWill therapists still have an opportunity to connect with you?

I am sure that I will still see some of these therapists around in my role as the Otago representative for the New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Therapists. I think it is important that therapists share ideas and experiences and support each other. It pays to look outside of our own clinics for both motivation and inspiration. I hope in this role I will get the chance to meet and support more therapists who are inspired to join us in the Slow Beauty way.



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Janesce’s organically-based, natural product range is supported by an integrated, dedicated and highly ethical approach to caring for your skin. It involves external skin care applications, nutritional supplements and health and lifestyle programmes designed to approach skin health holistically.

  • June 19, 2016


Late in 2013, Ashleigh Scott returned from London with a vision to create a skincare boutique with a difference. In just two years she has become an influential figure on the beauty scene. She courts beauty bloggers and influencers to spread her ‘old-fashioned’ philosophy, which champions machine-free, massage based facials and a holistic approach to skincare. Ashleigh speaks with Kathryn Overall about her place within the Slow Beauty movement.

The instant you cross over from the arid concrete jungle of the City Works Depot car park into the ‘Ashleigh Scott Facialist’ clinic you are in another world. The temperature is cool, calm and collected. The stale sounds of a regular urban weekday are traded for the husky tones of Nina Simone echoing around the reception space.

The polished concrete floors, exposed lead pipes and granite walls all come with the industrial territory, but are stylishly softened with green plants, luxurious sheep skins and the pastel orbs of Janesce skincare products lighting up the wooden shelves. Dermaviduals, Bestow and Tribecca products, Ashleigh’s’ own range, line the walls in elegant simplicity.

It’s a serene scene, and when the woman behind it all walks into the room the spell is not broken, but strengthened. Fair, sweet, demurely dressed in a little black dress, her welcome is as warm as her smile. Her personality doesn’t fill the room, but rather graces it with a gentle self-possession, not clamouring for attention but quietly commanding it nonetheless.

Everything about the environment, from the decor to the detox tea brewing on the counter, speaks of Ashleigh’s dedication to create a different kind of skincare boutique to the ones she became disillusioned with in the years after graduating as a beauty therapist in 2009.


“The way we work is very different to conventional ways,” says Ashleigh. “Most people who come to us for help will have tried all of your cosmeceutical products, peels, microdermabrasion, all of those more invasive treatments. We offer a polar opposite approach and they come to try that.”

That polar opposite approach embraces a renaissance of the wisdom of earlier times before modernity taught us to look for a quick fix in a cream, pill or machine. Ashleigh promotes a holistic, multi-dimensional approach to skincare, which recognises that our skin is a reflection of our lives. “We want to inspire and educate women on how to care for their skin holistically,” says Ashleigh. “As well as giving them amazing facials and products, we teach them about the impact of their diet, stress levels, hormones, lifestyle, and home and work environments on their skin.”

It’s an approach that is striking a chord with people. Since Ashleigh Scott Facialist opened its doors in early 2014, Ashleigh has filled her space and her schedule to capacity, taken on and trained three therapists in her signature techniques and become a visibly rising star in the beauty and wellness scene in New Zealand. Not bad for a 25 year old.

Perhaps one of the advantages of her Gen Y status is that she is savvy enough to work with beauty bloggers and influencers to help spread her message of holistic skin health. “There’s a huge opportunity to work with them,” says Ashleigh. “They have huge followings and people listen to them. Health and wellness are huge right now. People are so much more aware of what they are putting into their bodies. We are connecting the dots for people about how it also affects their skin.”

Ashleigh was drawn to beauty therapy from an early age. “It just felt like a natural step for me to follow this path,” says Ashleigh. “I can remember being 12 or 13 and giving my mum and dad facials using mum’s skincare products.”


After graduating Ashleigh discovered that she loved working with skin and facials but hated all the other standard beauty treatments she was expected to perform. She worked in several salons in Auckland over three or four years, hating half of her job and growing more and more disillusioned. “Back in those days of beauty therapy, I knew nothing about working holistically,” says Ashleigh. “I worked a lot with chemical peels, lasers and other machines. I hated doing those treatments, but they were popular and we were trained to believe that this was what you had to do to change skin.”

It wasn’t until Ashleigh moved to London in 2012 and began working in an exclusive Knightsbridge clinic that she discovered she could specialise as a facialist, a common niche in London and have a gentler approach to skin. “I gained a whole new perspective on the wellness industry and how to relate that back to skin,” says Ashleigh.

When her two-year working visa came to an end, Ashleigh couldn’t see herself going back to the old way of working when she returned home. Instead she came home with a clear-sighted vision for the bespoke facialist clinic she wanted to create and the values she would hold true to matter what fads and trends swirled around her.

Core to that vision was Ashleigh’s commitment to a high-touch, rather than high-tech approach to facials. Ashleigh’s clients adore her signature, deep massage facials, which are in a category and league all of their own. Each facial is bespoke and the clinic is resolutely machine-free. “Everything we do is massage based, from cleansing right through to moisturising. It’s a lifting and toning massage so it’s almost like a face lift,” says Ashleigh.

Ashleigh is not loud in person. However, her hands speak volumes once she gets them onto your face. Her massage strokes are surprisingly deep, firm, deft and sure. This is her world and she uses her intuition to feel what attention and products your face needs. “It’s all about penetration of products, stimulating blood circulation and stimulating your fibroblast cells to produce collagen and elastin,” says Ashleigh.

It’s good for your skin, but Ashleigh believes it’s also good for your soul. “Personal touch is what people crave so dearly and what is lacking in so many people lives,” she says. “We are all on our phones and laptops all the time. There are enough machines in our world.”

An important milestone in Ashleigh’s vocational development came about when she met the woman who propelled her even more deeply into dermo-nutrition and a greater understanding of the holistic/wellness approach to skincare. “I always believe people come into your life exactly when you need them, and that’s exactly what happened with Janine Tait,” says Ashleigh. “At the time I had several different skincare ranges but I never felt they truly aligned with my brand and beliefs.”

Janine is a dermo-nutrition expert and beauty therapist educator who champions holistic skin health. She is the New Zealand distributor for Janesce Skincare and the founder of Bestow, which provides dermo-nutrition products, recipes and rituals to support inner health and outer beauty.


Ashleigh was already stocking the Bestow range in her clinic when she met Janine in person at a conference and arranged to do some in-clinic training several weeks later. “I just had such an intense connection with Janine. Everything she was saying was just exactly what I needed to know,” says Ashleigh. “A lot of it I was doing intuitively but no-one had ever explained to me why it worked. I’ll do whatever she tells me to do. ”

It was during this meeting that Janine introduced Ashleigh to the Janesce range of plant-based skincare and the deeply holistic philosophy that accompanied it. Ashleigh attended Janine’s Janesce training several weeks later and says she hasn’t looked back.

“Discovering Janine and Janesce felt like coming home. I love that Janine uses her naturopathic and nutritional knowledge to work with skin. She gets everything from the practitioner’s point of view,” says Ashleigh. “She’s not just some CEO who only cares about the business side. Janine spends a huge amount of time mentoring and training other therapists and I know she has a huge following in the industry. She really is a pioneer in this movement, and I am so grateful to have had her support on my journey.”

sb-pure-deep-trueThe Slow Beauty movement is a phrase coined by Janine to describe the growing sub-culture of beauty therapists who are committed to a multi-dimensional holistic approach when it comes to healing skin. It’s a description that resonates with Ashleigh.

“It definitely explains the way we work very well,” she says. “The wellness way works, but it is a slower way of working and that’s why it’s a last resort for some people. I think a lot of people would rather just have a machine slapped on them, use a whole lot of products and have that change their skin straightaway. It just doesn’t work like that.

It’s hard to change your diet and your lifestyle. But it’s so life changing, and usually once they experience that they don’t look back.”

A new chapter is unfolding for Ashleigh in 2016. Now that the clinic is running smoothly at capacity, she is motivated to pass on both her signature facial technique and her holistic skincare discoveries to other beauty therapists and business owners. “When you are trained, you don’t learn about that multi-dimensional approach,” says Ashleigh. “It’s just not in the curriculum. There are a lot of highly skilled beauty therapists who are just not aware of it. I love re-inspiring people and helping them find that passion I found when I started working in this way,” says Ashleigh.

circle-2Kathryn Overall is a Tauranga-based freelance writer with a particular interest in health and wellness. She is currently undergoing her own Slow Beauty skin journey under Janine Tait’s supervision and is passionate about inspiring people to enhance their lives through embracing healthy lifestyle changes.

  • May 25, 2016

Meet the Visionaries Who Are Changing the Beauty Industry From The Inside Out

Janine Tait has become one of the most influential voices in the New Zealand beauty industry today. She is a respected leader within the emerging Slow Beauty movement, which champions a holistic approach to skincare with a focus on dermo-nutrition, health and total wellbeing. In this five part series, Janine shares her own journey from professional disillusionment to hope and introduces us to the Slow Beauty movement and some of the influential women who are emerging within it.

slow-beauty-jtWhen I first entered the New Zealand beauty industry in the mid 1980’s beauty therapy was still very much influenced by European traditions. The long and beautiful shadow cast from early visionaries encouraged a holistic, ‘inside out’ approach to skincare, which focused on total body health and wellness. The industry I entered as a young graduate combined this traditional emphasis with a focus on topical hydration and the protection of the stratum corneum. This was a long-term, sustainable approach to beauty, which worked in partnership with the body’s natural resources and defences.

In the 1990’s, a new trend of fast-acting facial treatments appeared on the beauty scene, which all but buried this traditional wisdom and raised a generation of therapists to favour the quick fix over the tried and true.

Helena Rubinstein was one of the voices forgotten in the flurry of ‘progress’. The founder of the biggest skincare company in the world in the early 1900’s, Polish-born Helena was fascinated by the way food affected the skin. She developed and prescribed skincare products for her clients but believed that in order to achieve beautiful skin they also needed to exercise, practice proper breathing and eat a low-toxin diet of mostly fruits, vegetables and water.

She was not alone in this belief. Madame Micheline Arcier, a famous aromatherapist who became influential half a century later was quoted as saying, “Beauty of the face cannot be achieved without a feeling of well-being, a healthy body and inner harmony.”

Micheline would not have recognised the beauty therapy industry that emerged in the 1990’s. Glycolic acids entered the market promising a faster, easier way to get skincare results. As therapists collectively got caught up in the excitement of new trends the importance of preserving the lifetime integrity of the stratum corneum was forgotten. Thinking about the way food, water and exercise affect skin health suddenly seemed quaint and old-fashioned.

Both of these shifts proved to be damaging. Just as fast food is not good for us, fast beauty has its drawbacks too. The quick fix often treats skin symptoms rather than deep causes. Some treatments can even be quite aggressive to the skin, setting up chronic inflammation, which can be ageing in the long term. In addition, as an industry we collectively did our clients a serious disservice by neglecting to pay attention to the role that certain nutrients play in supporting skin health and repair.

I know I did. By the mid 1990’s, I was struggling to get good results for my clients and had become disillusioned with the beauty therapy industry as a whole. I would have given up at that point but for two things: firstly, having a tenacious personality, I was determined to figure out where I was going wrong and secondly, I was introduced to Janice Sarre Smith (ND) at just the right time.


Janice is an Australian naturopath with a particular interest in treating skin disorders. She was a pioneering voice of the Slow Beauty movement when she first crossed my path. Janice was able to show me that it was the ‘internals’ that I had overlooked and this turned out to be the missing piece of the puzzle for my clients. I combined Jan’s holistic approach with her plant-based skincare range, Janesce, which proved to be incredibly healing and the perfect partner for my newfound knowledge.

As I put her programmes into practice, promoting wellness, clean eating and dermo-nutrition the results I got for my clients far exceeded my expectations. With renewed hope, I became convinced that this was the optimum way for therapists to treat skin. However, at the time, the industry as a whole was still pursuing the quick fix. Therapists interested in learning about dermo-nutrition had to be prepared to swim against the tide and often had a deep personal belief in the power of a holistic approach, which sustained them.

It has been my privilege and pleasure over the last decade to evolve as a skin health therapist for clients and skin health coach for therapists. As well as studying nutritional medicine I have developed the Bestow Beauty range, which provides dermo-nutrition products and recipes to empower therapists and clients alike to cultivate wellness from the inside out.

The tides of change are well underway and there is now a new generation of therapists leading the way in holistic, ‘slow’ beauty. It is exciting to see this movement growing and I predict that in the future the Slow Beauty approach will be in even greater demand from the public. The Slow Beauty movement is following a similar trajectory to the Slow Food movement and reflects a similar shift in values away from short-term convenience towards slower, deeper and truer ideals.

It is heartening to see other wellness professionals ushering in this holistic renaissance. Dr. Libby Weaver, Sarah Wilson and sisters Julia and Libby are just a few of the influential voices that our clients are listening to more and more. In fact, no health professional can afford to ignore this quiet revolution. From doctors to dermatologists, this movement is forcing us all to up our game and improve our knowledge of how diet and lifestyle impacts on our wellness and appearance.

We believe that nourishing your body with healthy food is important for so many aspects of your life.  It supports your wellness, energy, happiness and appearance. But so often a healthy diet is perceived as deprivation, we focus on what we can’t have rather than what we can. We would like to introduce some beautiful rituals into your daily life that nurture and support you. So we have created a selection of delicious recipes that bestow health and radiance to your being and your skin. The Bestow Within series are our collaborative project packaged in 4 beautiful recipe journals read more about these here.

janine-tait-circle01Janine Tait is an internationally qualified beauty therapist with over 30 years experience. She is a dermo-nutrition expert and beauty therapist educator who champions the emerging Slow Beauty movement and its focus on holistic skincare and wellness. She is the New Zealand distributor for Janesce Skincare and the founder of Bestow Beauty, which provides dermo-nutrition products, recipes and rituals to support inner health and outer beauty.

  • March 8, 2016